The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Exclusive Tour “Passion for Perfection: The Straus Collection of Renaissance Art”

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 – Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


• $55 Museum members
• $65 Nonmembers
Secure your spot in advance! Get tickets below.

Presented by Helga K. Aurisch, curator, European art

When Edith and Percy Straus gave their remarkable collection of European art to the MFAH in 1941, their generous donation of 83 works marked a turning point for the Museum. The gift not only formed the cornerstone of the European art department, but also put the MFAH firmly on the map.

For five years after its acquisition, the Straus Collection was exhibited as a stand-alone display, but afterward the works of art were dispersed throughout the galleries among the Museum’s ever-growing holdings. With the exhibition Passion for Perfection, the Straus Collection objects are finally on view again together—providing a wonderful opportunity to deepen appreciation of the high quality and broad reach of the collection.

In this private tour, curator Helga Aurisch discusses the Straus family, how the Straus Collection was formed and came to the MFAH, key works in the exhibition, and the significant role the collection has played in the growth of the Museum’s holdings of European art.

About Exclusive Tours 
Exclusive Tours offer access to select Museum exhibitions on special Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public. In these lively, in-depth walking tours, Museum experts share their expansive knowledge about the featured exhibition. After the tour, discuss your experience over a glass of sparkling wine.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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